It’s springtime in the Rockies. And, if you reside in Colorado, where I do, springtime may look like winter, but you KNOW it’s right around the corner, so get ready. As we work to spring clean our homes, we should also be mindful of other areas of our lives that could use a dusting off or even a purging. Here are a few overall wellness tips that can ensure that the remainder of your year is fabulous!
1. Clean out our closet. Twice a year, I go through my clothes. In the fall, I go through summer clothes and donate what I no longer want, like or need and I do the same in the spring. I’m guilty of keeping clothes that I could fit in 5, 10 years ago and not now. But there’s something very freeing of letting go of those and the larger ones too! Give them away to someone that needs them. Give and you shall receive right? If and when the time is right to accumulate or get that pair of size 10 jeans again, you will.
2. Clean out your body. That’s right, do a little fast, help out your liver, clean that colon. As Ann Louise Gittleman puts it in her article: Liver Lovin Time
Here are some simple, but effective ways to love your liver::
Become a food sleuth. Nix food, drinks, salad dressings, and energy bars that contain high-fructose corn syrup.
Begin each morning with hot water and lemon to help thin bile and tone liver function.
Every day, eat liver-loving foods—particularly cruciferous veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower)—to speed the breakdown of fat-storing toxins from the phase 2 detox pathway.
Drink cran-water, an antioxidant/phenol-rich cranberry juice and water mixture, throughout the day to keep detox pathways clear.
Get plenty of fiber (from chia, flaxseed, or psyllium, as well as fruits and veggies) to keep toxins moving out of the body.
And, I like drinking my detox tea – It’s 100% organic, caffeine-free herbal tea with a special blend of safe, all-natural ingredients designed to gently cleanse the digestive tract and detoxify the whole body. And, as part of a process of a nutritional cleansing, it provides the body with the nutrients it needs to get back in balance and restore itself to its natural, healthy state. You can find more information HERE.
3. Cut the Clutter. This goes along with cleaning your house. As I said previously, getting rid of what doesn’t serve you any more, things that you haven’t used in a year or 2 or 3, things that you’re not certain you EVEN like, get rid of it. HERE, expert Jan Verhoeff explains in her article how to get this done in a timely and effective manner.
4. Renew and rejuvenate your mind. It’s the second time of year that I take a little time to reflect. The first would of course be at the beginning of the year, the second time would be the time of renewal – springtime. You may or may not have made resolutions, you may or may not have stuck with them or perhaps you need new ones – to flush out the old ones. Sometimes we try something that we think would be good for us and find out 1, 2, 3 months later that it’s not what we thought. So, take the time and re-evaluate – you still have 9 months and the rest of your life.
5. Activities and Time management. Find out what you DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR. Give yourself permission to say yes to what works and NO to what does’t. Time is precious, and once it’s gone it’s gone. If Facebook is sucking you in… if you intend to just spend 15 minutes on there and it ends up being an hour, set a timer. If you’re at place in your business where you feel you need help, maybe you’re better at getting out the door and making new associations but that leaves you with all the paperwork back-logged. Get some help. Hire a virtual assistant. Freeing up this time could very well help your bottom line!
6. Evaluate your Finances. Aside from it being tax time, while you have all that financial information laid out in front of you, take the time to evaluate or re-evaluate what you have going on with your money. Are you spending too much in interest payments? Don’t have enough deductions and paying way too much in taxes? There are MANY things that you can do, even little tweeks that you can make now that won’t effect your way of living. A great resource for information can be found at this site, it’s free and well worth your time: Free Financial Education to Help You Manage and Get Out of Debt
7. Do Something For Yourself. Something fun. Go out and shop for that special pair of summer sandals or new running shoes and lunch with friends. Or, perhaps your something has become a ritual like it has for us. Every spring, we make it a point to get to the hot springs. It’s not the only time of year that we visit, but it’s so pleasantly pleasing to be soaking in a hot therapeutic pool outside with snow all around you. We love it!
Out with the old, in with the new. It’s 3 months gone but 9 months to go. I hope that these wellness tips were thought provoking and of some help. Please do share what you find works for you and what you think might inspire others to jump into spring with a new sense of wellness all around!
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(c) 2013 D.C. Brown